LMK LEADERS

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Our talented and dynamic team of LMK leaders who deliver our training workshops are mainly youth workers or counsellors.

They help young people recognise healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, leading impactful discussions across all our programmes.

Zeinab Elbatoul Sbaiti

Zeinab Elbatoul Sbaiti

Zeinab Elbatoul is a global health & development practitioner with an unwavering passion for community work and youth empowerment. She has substantial experience in leadership training and is an excellent communicator with a track record in public speaking and debating. She is deeply committed to motivating young people to become the best version of themselves, equipping them with different skills, so they can be the change they want to see in the world.

Simone Ujah

Simone Ujah

With over 16 years experience as a youth worker and qualified life coach, Simone manages youth services in the community and criminal justice system. She has designed, delivered and evaluated numerous programmes for young people both in these and wider educational settings, and has supported many young people through transitions in their lives. She is passionate about providing new and exciting opportunities for young people to grow and develop.

Shirin Taherzadeh

Shirin Taherzadeh

Shirin is a dynamic and experienced facilitator of workshops in schools and colleges across London, supporting young people to unlock their true potential, create and sustain healthy and meaningful relationships, and contribute to bettering our world. Shirin qualified as a Social Worker in South Africa and has lived and worked in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has worked in the fields of education and gender-based violence, and advocates on behalf of women and girls fleeing domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

Sharareh Avazzadeh

Sharareh Avazzadeh

Sharareh is a qualified youth worker, sports coach and mentor with over 15 years’ experience supporting young people. She currently works to plug the knowledge gap in the sports sector around VAWG. Passionate about creating empowering opportunities for young people to thrive, she puts co-design and giving young people a voice at the heart of her advocacy and facilitation work.

Ryan Carty

Ryan Carty

Having overcome many struggles as a teenager and young adult, Ryan now uses his life experiences to educate young people. Having worked in higher education sport, he now teaches and coaches 16 -19 year olds at a semi professional football club in South London, while also supporting young people from challenging backgrounds as a mentor. He is passionate about participation in sports and culture change.

Ruin Massia

Ruin Massia

Ruin is a qualified social worker and highly experienced facilitator, working predominantly in the charity sector with adults living with mental health issues. He is employed as a Violence Prevention Practitioner at DVIP, undertaking assessments and therapeutic intervention work with perpetrators of domestic abuse. He is passionate about promoting healthy, non-abusive relationships.

Rhys Shirley

Rhys Shirley

Rhys has over 12 years experience working with North London's most vulnerable and challenging young people, both as a sports coach and a lead learning assistant in a pupil referral unit. Rhy thrives on being a positive role model: helping young people to engage in a wide range of workshops to improve their skills, confidence and realise their potential.

Rebecca Waclawyj

Rebecca Waclawyj

Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience working in youth offending and probation services, prisons and specialist services undertaking assessments and therapeutic interventions with perpetrators of domestic abuse. She’s an experienced facilitator, trainer, project manager and has worked as a consultant to local authorities and an expert witness in cases of domestic abuse in family courts. She currently works as the National Programme Manager for Y’s Girls mentoring programme at the YMCA. Rebecca is passionate about embedding equity and inclusion to support

Prince Kwakye

Prince Kwakye

Prince is an experienced youth worker and family practitioner, whose expertise has seen him deliver well-being focused interventions with young people on topics like FGM/C and HIV, both in the UK and abroad. Most recently, Prince has spent a number of years within children's social care and as a trustee of an international development charity. He is passionate about empowering young people to lead change in themselves or their communities.

Penny Wood

Penny Wood

With over 12 years experience working predominantly in the charity and education field, Penny supports and advocates for young people with learning disabilities, Autism and complex needs. She has extensive experience of both teaching and facilitating and works to enable young people to access and thrive in their communities, build meaningful relationships and achieve sustainable employment and/or access to education. Penny is passionate about social change and removing barriers to inclusion. She supports young people to learn, gain confidence and advocate for themselves and others.

Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan

Nick is a mental health youth worker and trainer, with over 15 years experience working with young people in charities and NGOs, both in the UK and abroad. He talks openly about his experiences of living with a diagnosis of clinical depression and general anxiety disorder. He is a passionate advocate of young people using their voices to improve their own lives and their peers’. As well as being an advisor to the World Health Organisation, he is a runner, punk and has a podcast ‘ Angry Little Welshman.’

Marcus Walters-Pearce

Marcus Walters-Pearce

Overcoming many challenges in his childhood years, Marcus now uses these experiences to inspire young people to be the best versions of themselves. He wants to be a guiding light in the lives of the young people he engages with. Marcus has over 10 years of experience working with young people in the UK & overseas. He currently delivers workshops and teaches across the UK, promoting young people’s wellbeing.

Lu Wilson

Lu Wilson

Lu is an experienced and passionate youth worker and facilitator. She currently works as an LGBTQ+ Youth Worker in a mental health service, designing and facilitating one-to-one support and group workshops on mental health, relationships, gender, sexuality and identity. Lu also delivers training on LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Intersectionality, primarily to mental health professionals and psychotherapists. Lu has a background in mentoring, and visual anthropology and has been involved in setting up community projects including a youth group for Latin American young people in London and a mutual aid food project. Her approach is warm, collaborative, intersectional and creative.

Louise Yalonetzky

Louise Yalonetzky

Louise is an innovative educator, safeguarding lead and professional facilitator with sixteen years’ experience in education and charity settings. After finishing an MA in Critical Theory, she managed the youth programmes at the interfaith charity CCJ. She went on to train as a teacher and spent 12 years in schools in various leadership positions. Louise is committed to the wellbeing of both adults and young people in her care, passionate about equipping them with the tools to understand the world around them and make positive decisions for their futures. Louise is also an FA qualified football referee and a committed Arsenal fan.

Louise Ashwell

Louise Ashwell

Louise is a social worker and experienced trainer with considerable experience supporting survivors of gender-based violence for the domestic abuse charity Refuge and within the NHS. She also brings recent experience managing a project providing sexual assault prevention training to university undergraduates and has previously supported the NSPCC's 'Speak Out Stay Safe' programme, delivering safeguarding assemblies and workshops for 5-11 year olds. She is deeply committed to helping provide safe, trusting spaces for young people to have their questions answered and discuss the issues that matter most to their lives

Lois Dunn

Lois Dunn

Lois has 9 years’ experience working with young people as a caseworker, mentor and advocate in a variety of settings including: youth offending and education, as well as political and social activism. Through these roles, she has developed a practical understanding of the challenges faced by young people living in London and firmly believes healthy relationships are the key to their personal and professional success. Lois is determined to help young people fulfil their potential by developing the skills to foster healthy relationships.

Lildonia Lawrence

Lildonia Lawrence

Lildonia is a wellbeing coach and yoga instructor with a specialism in student support, women's health and BIPOC wellbeing. She has a background in psychology and mental health with over 12 years working in the field. She is passionate about equipping young people with the tools, autonomy, and knowledge to make the best decisions possible for their relationships, health, and overall well-being.

Katie Fotis-Heeney

Katie Fotis-Heeney

Katie is a trainee movement therapist, with 14 years’ experience working with young people from marginalised communities as a mentor, guest lecturer, youth worker, creative facilitator and progression coach. Collaboration and community wellness is at the heart of her work as a facilitator. She co-created an LGBTQ+ group with young people and a wellbeing programme for adults with SEND at the YMCA. She currently works in mental health services, engaging directly with vulnerable young people in supported living and adults in an in-patient setting in the NHS. From experience, seeing the impact of domestic violence, she strives to empower all people to communicate their truth, recognise their worth and thrive in positive relationships.

Kaine Senkumba

Kaine Senkumba

Experiencing multiple challenges during his younger years and turning them into tools for helping others, Kaine is all about amplifying young voices. He is incredibly passionate about teaching young people the transformative power of positive relationships. In a world filled with screens and superficial connections, he believes in the profound impact that genuine human connections can have on our well-being. Kaine is there to listen, guide, and uplift those who often feel unheard. From battling personal obstacles to handling academic stress, he’s been there. Now, he’s on a mission to provide a beacon of support and education for young individuals.

Joseph Winer

Joseph Winer

Joseph has been working in youth and community engagement roles since 2015, primarily as a drama facilitator in primary and secondary schools, informal education settings, and with community groups. He has led a wide range of participatory arts projects, including community audio walks, LGBTQ+ climate justice workshops, and lots of performance events. He is particularly passionate about teaching skills which give everybody the confidence to use their voices, and in using the creative arts to develop communication, teamwork and imagination skills.

Jeremy Lyons

Jeremy Lyons

Jeremy co-founded a student-led initiative named BreatheUnion; a programme focused on peer support groups and personal development programmes for students. He is a community facilitator, coach-mentor, independent HR consultant and trainer. Having worked with a diverse range of people from different communities, Jeremy has gained the adaptability and flexibility needed to engage young people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.

Ivy McIntyre-Baran

Ivy McIntyre-Baran

Ivy is an experienced facilitator, working with young people in schools, development programmes and youth charities in both national and international community-based settings. She is particularly interested in how psycho-social and cultural influences impact young people and how these can be harnessed to improve outcomes for the next generation.

Esri Chippendale

Esri Chippendale

Esri is a Trans and Queer youth worker and trainer. He has extensive experience in supporting young people through one-to-one and group work, spanning the education sector, children's social care, and charity sector. He is currently an Inclusion Trainer for an EDI Charity in London, where he has also managed and delivered highly commended LGBTQ+ Youth Groups and services. Esri is passionate about supporting and empowering young people to reach their individual and collective community goals, with specialist skills in LGBTQ+ youth work.

Ella Sheltawy

Ella Sheltawy

Ella is a passionate facilitator who has worked across mental health inpatient settings, hospital A&E departments, schools, residential children’s homes, and in the community. She currently works supporting young people in crisis to build confidence and work towards positive goals. She is motivated by her belief that every young person should know their worth, and have the tools to make healthy choices and thrive.

Dan Curran

Dan Curran

Dan has spent over a decade working in the university sector, equipping students with skills to build their future careers and supporting them in their development into young leaders. He currently oversees the membership support and engagement of a students’ union and is passionate about strengthening academic and social communities through inclusion.

Ayo Awotona

Ayo Awotona

Ayo is an experienced facilitator, keynote speaker, coach and content creator. Passionate about working with young people to help them reach their full potential, she has worked on a range of programmes to support them in building skills, confidence and changing their attitudes to education. Ayo has worked on the Mayor of London’s school volunteering programme and is currently the programme manager at Foundervine.

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell

Anthony is a highly accomplished young people and families practitioner, specialising in implementing targeted community programmes and prevention strategies across charities and local government. He has worked within Youth Justice, Early Help and Adolescent Services. With over 17 years experience of advocating for marginalised communities, he enjoys working with inner city young people with complex needs, as well as those impacted by gang violence, poverty and exploitation. He is passionate about helping others and his favourite quote is ”the road to success is always under construction”.

Anshu Kashyap

Anshu Kashyap

Anshu is a senior rapid response practitioner, working with young people and families in crisis. She has worked within Children and Family Services for the last 12 years, gaining an in-depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding. Through her role as a sexual exploitation worker, Anshu has extensive experience of creating and delivering sexual health, consent and healthy relationship workshops for young people and is passionate about supporting all young people to make informed choices.

Anna Wild

Anna Wild

Anna has dedicated her professional career to working with young people - delivering sex education in a YOI prison for boys, teaching drama in a refugee centre, and supporting young people in addiction. She works from a place of personal experience, having been a street homeless teenager who struggled with addiction and toxic relationships. Anna is passionate about helping society move away from shame, towards compassion.

Ameliah Rayn

Ameliah Rayn

Ameliah is a qualified youth worker and probation officer, with an in-depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding. She is adept at using coaching and mentoring techniques to deliver early support to troubled families and has developed and facilitated parenting programmes and workshops with young people to raise their self esteem and confidence. She is passionate about giving children a voice and protecting vulnerable young adults.

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